Frequently Asked Questions
- Can this vaccine be used to vaccinate my cat or dog against rabies?
- What if my dog or cat eats a bait unit?
- What if I find a bait unit?
- Can I use the product for wildlife in my yard?
- When will it happen in my area?
- How many have been distributed so far?
- How is it distributed?
- Why is RABORAL V-RG being used in my area?
RABORAL V-RG has been tested for safety in numerous domestic species (dog, cat, cattle) and was proven to be safe. Only rabies vaccines administered by veterinarians are considered to be proof of vaccination. The wildlife oral vaccine will not harm your dog or cat but the vaccine does not replace conventional rabies vaccines.
Since the bait units are manufactured to attract wild animals, they might also attract dogs and cats. The bait itself is made of fishmeal and other materials and does not contain vaccine, the vaccine is in the polymer sachet. Most domestic cats cannot penetrate the polymer bait, thus rarely eat the vaccine container. Remember you should never attempt to take a bait away from your pet, as you may be bitten. Should your pet eat the RABORAL V-RG bait unit in its entirety, it has been demonstrated safe in more than 50 species of animals including dogs. Please note that if your pet has eaten a bait unit, this is not considered to be a vaccination. Please consult your veterinarian for your pet's vaccination needs.
If a bait is found in your yard, driveway, street or other area that is not a suitable wildlife habitat, you should contact your local public health officials at 1-877-RABORAL (1-877-722-6725). A person under 18 years of age or who is pregnant or immuno-suppressed should not touch the RABORAL V-RG bait.
RABORAL V-RG can only be purchased and used by government agencies responsible for rabies control in a given county, parish, state or country. State departments of health or other federal agencies determine the locations where the bait units are used each year in their efforts to control rabies in a specific area.
Areas baited each year in a federal or state program are determined by public health officials based on the number of rabies cases and in association with regional rabies control efforts. To learn if Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) programs are in your area or planned for the future, contact your local department of health or state veterinary office (see the government links on the Resources page on this website for contact information).
In the United States, more than 5 million doses of RABORAL V-RG vaccine are used each year. Since the first use of RABORAL V-RG in the late 1980's, more than 200 million doses have been distributed around the world.
In open or rural areas, the most efficient way to vaccinate wild animals is to drop bait units from low flying planes or helicopters. In urban or suburban areas, greenways or other areas visited by wild animals, bait units are distributed by authorized and trained personnel using protective gloves.
If bait units are being used in your state or neighborhood, it is part of a regional rabies control program. The vaccine is distributed into these environments by your public health officials to immunize populations of wildlife that may come in contact with the rabies virus.